Our Source Of Strength

By , July 12, 2018

“…but those who hope in the Lord
 will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NIV

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A sight I love to see occurs when I drive on the highway and see eagles soaring high in the heavens.

Eagles enjoy flying over the highway because of the thermals that allow them to stop working with their wings, and allow the rising air to lift them higher. (A thermal is a column of rising air.)

The sun shines on the black asphalt of the highway, heating it up and, in turn, heating the air above it. Then the air rises and lifts the soaring bird ever higher. It is one of nature’s elevators for the bird and it enjoys the effortless ride up.

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Where Is God When You Need Him?

By , July 11, 2018

“As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
‘Where is your God?’”
Psalm 42:1-3 (NIV)

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Some Christians think that a believer should never be discouraged or downcast. They seem to always have a grin on their faces and can be overbearing with pilgrims who have come to a dark time in their pilgrimage.

Is it sin for a believer to lose their sense of the Lord’s presence? Are we supposed to go around smiling and happy in all circumstances? Do we have a lack of faith when we feel alone and vulnerable to the forces of evil?

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A Glorious Inheritance

By , July 10, 2018

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
in order that you may know the hope
to which he has called you,
the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people…”
Ephesians 1:18 NIV

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In University I did a research paper on people who suddenly became wealthy. Some recklessly spent the fortune on cruises, gambling at casinos, betting on horse races, and so on. After a couple of years of wild living they were broke and had to go back to work.

Other people had friends and relatives asking for money from the new millionaire so they could buy a bigger house, a new car, and other things that they thought they should be given funds to buy. Families were divided and friendships broken because of someone becoming instantly wealthy. There was little of real enjoyment over the long term by the rich people.

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“I don’t know what to say!”

By , July 9, 2018

“No one said a word to him, because they saw
how great his suffering was.” Job 2:13 (NIV)

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A wonderful Christian man was in deep sorrow over his little boy in the cancer unit of a hospital. He would lose all 3 of his sons to various forms of tragedy but the suffering he saw in the eyes of his youngest son really tore him apart.

The father was a Christian man known to many people for his wonderful ministry to others. How could anyone offer comfort to a person who knew their Bible so well and had ministered so ably to others from it?

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What to do?

By , July 8, 2018

“We do not know what to do
but our eyes are upon you.”
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV)

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The nation of Judah was in the midst of a great reform movement to turn back to God. The king did much to get his people to serve God only. Just when he had it all together and was seeing the results of his religious reform, a dreadful enemy appeared on the horizon.

The king was informed of a great army that was poised to attack his nation and overpower it. Immediately the king called for the nation to cease eating, and to gather for prayer about the matter. It is interesting that the king did not first get his army ready for battle and then pray for success.

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